Fresh Taps: June 25th – July 1st (2014)

Welcome to Fresh Taps! Each week Shea collects the most promising lineup of new and returning beers available by the glass and the occasional bottle hitting taprooms and tasting rooms all over the state. No ticket required, just a taste for great beer and a little adventure.

Beryl's Beer Co Grand Opening

Photo Credit: Beryl’s Beer Co’s Facebook page

A new brewery, anniversaries, and firkins – oh my! What we may lack in quantity this week, we sure make up in quality. From Beryl’s Beer Co’s grand opening to Yak & Yeti’s 150 Pale Ale celebrating their building’s 150th birthday, there are some very rare and tasty treats out there this week. And don’t forget to check out the list of missed beers tapped recently – they’re still fresh, and there’s quite a list this week!

Shea’s Spotlight Tappings

Each week I’ll pick a few tappings that catch my eye, and taste buds.

Of the various anniversaries happening this week, two stand out with their impressive list of rare goodies. Both Renegade Brewing and Front Range Brewing (Lafayette) will be celebrating their anniversary on Saturday, 3rd and 1st respectively. Renegade will have some new tequila barrel-aged treats plus specialty favorites from the past year, while Front Range will have beers aged in a variety of barrels plus a Cherry Lambic. See below for details on both parties.

BBB Last Unicorn

Photo Credit: Black Bottle Brewery’s Facebook page

With a name like The Last Unicorn, a beer better be fascinating, right? Well Black Bottle Brewery isn’t using the name lightly, as this brew is certain to be an interesting (and likely super delicious) experience. Not only is it a tart cherry and raspberry lambic, but it’s also aged in scotch barrels. Check out this one-of-a-kind release in Fort Collins this Friday.

Lastly, THE imperial IPA is coming to Freshcraft this Saturday at 1PM. I’m not talking about either of the Plinys, rather, Dogfish Head’s 120 Minute IPA. Clocking in at a massive 18% ABV and 120 IBUs, this monster of a treat will be your first and last beer of the day.

The Smuggled Taps
(Recently Tapped Brews I Missed)

Brewery/Pub City Beer Occasion Details
Odyssey Beerwerks Arvada Camp Out Coffee Stout
Fate Brewing Boulder Nona Belgian Blonde
Big Choice Brewing Broomfield Rail Slide Extra Pale Ale
Blue Spruce Brewing Centennial Brown Ale
Bristol Brewing Colorado Springs Imperial Wit
Black Sky Brewery Denver Persephone Pomegranate Wheat
Lowdown Brewery Denver
  • C3PA IPA
  • 1927 Brown
River North Brewery Denver Unified Theory Oaked Imperial Wit
1933 Brewing Fort Collins Pale Ale
Golden City Brewery Golden Stand Up Double IPA
Elk Mountain Brewing Parker Pilsner
Old Chicago
  • Broomfield
  • Denver
  • Arapahoe Crossing
  • Southlands
  • Littleton
  • Colorado Springs (North, Academy, Tejon, & Powers)
Big Choice Passion of the Weiss Collab passion fruit infused hefeweizen, available through July 13th

This Week’s Tappings

Brewery/Pub City Beer Occasion Details Day Date Time
Odyssey Beerwerks Arvada Cherry Oatmeal Stout Discovery Beer Wednesday W 6/25/2014 5PM
Copper Kettle Brewing Denver Blueberry Hefeweizen Firkin Wednesday June Fruit Beer Cask Month W 6/25/2014 3PM
Historians Ale House Denver Steamworks Brewing (TBD) Tap Takeover W 6/25/2014 7:30PM
River North Brewery Denver Tripel (two versions) Wayward Wednesday W 6/25/2014 3PM
Rock Bottom Denver El Hefe German Style Hefeweizen W 6/25/2014 6PM
Wynkoop Brewing Denver Tropical Uber Lager Return of the Firkin W 6/25/2014 1PM
Front Range Brewing Lafayette Apple Cinnamon ESB Small Batch Wednesday W 6/25/2014
Elk Mountain Brewing Parker Citrus Pale Firkin Wednesday W 6/25/2014 4PM
High Hops Brewery Windsor Blager Black Lager Firkin Hump Day W 6/25/2014 5PM
Comrade Brewing Denver Glazed Donut Malt Liquor Firkin Thursday Th 6/26/2014 3:30PM
Denver Bicycle Café Denver Grimm Brothers Brewhouse:

  • King’s Son Double India Pale Lager
  • Fundevogel Dortmunder Lager
  • Master Thief German Porter
  • Odds and Ends Single Hop Pale Ale
  • Maiden’s Kiss Maibock
  • Eternal Spring Session Pale Ale
Tap Takeover Th 6/26/2014 7PM
Falling Rock Tap House Denver Almanac Beer Co:

  • Farmer’s Reserve Wine Barrel Aged Blackberry Sour Blonde
  • Farmer’s Reserve Wine Barrel Aged Strawberry Sour Blonde
  • West Coast IPA
  • Golden Gate Gose
  • Honey Saison
Th 6/26/2014 6PM
Station 26 Brewing Denver Cinnamon Orange IPA No. 1 Firkin Thursday Th 6/26/2014 4PM
Old Chicago Greeley Black Bottle Brewery Cerealiously V.4 Honey Bunches of Oats Th 6/26/2014 6PM
Old Chicago Longmont Black Bottle Brewery Cerealiously V.4 Honey Bunches of Oats Th 6/26/2014 6PM
Dry Dock Brewing Aurora Breakwater Pale Ale Firkin Friday Brewed with fresh ground ginger and motueka hops. Created by bar staff Matt Smith. F 6/27/2014 3PM-6PM
TRiNiTY Brewing Colorado Springs Super Juice Solution Session Sour IPA F 6/27/2014 5PM
Comrade Brewing Denver Comrade Bill Eye and Ashleigh Carter Hefeweizen Collaboration German-Style Hefeweizen with Bill Eye and Ashleigh Carter of the upcoming Bierstadt Lagerhaus, brewed with a special yeast strain from Schönram, Germany – the first brew with this yeast stain in the US. F 6/27/2014 12PM
Historians Ale House Denver
  • Grist Brewing Berliner Weiss
  • Station 26 Brewing Cream Ale
1st Anniversary F 6/27/2014 11AM
Black Bottle Brewery Fort Collins The Last Unicorn Scotch Barrel Aged Tart Cherry-Raspberry Lambic F 6/27/2014
World of Beer (Belmar) Lakewood Elevation Beer Co First Cast IPA Final Friday Firkin F 6/27/2014 4PM
Jake’s Brew Bar Littleton Almanac Beer Co:

  • Farmer’s Reserve Wine Barrel Aged Blackberry Sour Blonde
  • Farmer’s Reserve Wine Barrel Aged Strawberry Sour Blonde
  • West Coast IPA
  • Golden Gate Gose
  • Honey Saison
Almanac Beer Co Mini Tap Takeover F 6/27/2014 6PM
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse Loveland Apple Beer Firkin Friday F 6/27/2014
Beryl’s Beer Co Denver
  • Wald Bier
  • Antero English-Style Ale
  • Bothnia Baltic Porter
  • Brandy Barrel Aged Antero Ale
Grand Opening Sa 6/28/2014 11AM
Freshcraft Denver Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA Rare Beer Saturdays Sa 6/28/2014 1PM
Renegade Brewing Denver
  • Tequila Barrel-Aged Elevation Triple IPA
  • Tequila Barrel-Aged Imperial Red Ale
  • Rye Bourbon Barrel-Aged Redacted Rye IPA
  • 5:00 Afternoon Ale w/ raspberries and lemongrass
  • Berbere Stout
  • Beetnik Beet Saison
  • Conspirator Coffee Brown Ale
3rd Anniversary Block Party Sa 6/28/2014 3PM-10PM
Front Range Brewing Lafayette
  • Rumrunner Coffee Quad
  • Brandy Barrel Aged Tripel
  • Bourbon Barrel Aged Dopplesticke Alt
  • Gratzer
  • Kentucky Common
  • Tequila Barrel Saison with Brett
  • Cherry Lambic
1st Anniversary Sa 6/28/2014
Fickel Park Berthoud City Star Brewing Harley’s Ol’ One Eye Honey Wheat 2014 Hops & Harley All proceeds benefit National Mill Dog Rescue S 6/29/2014 11AM-5PM
Yak & Yeti Arvada 150 Pale Ale 6th Anniversary Party & 150th House Anniversary American Pale Ale made with 44 lbs of Indian Jaggery sugar T 7/1/2014 3PM

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About Shea Suski

Transportation planner by trade, craft beer and BBQ enthusiast by life. And scotch. Oh, and live music. Maybe some biking and hiking between beers. He'll beat you at bowling too.